Blair Castle in Blair Atholl
The Pine Trees Hotel benefits from being a stone’s throw from one of Scotland’s most historical and scenic castles. Situated in the stunning heart of Highland Perthshire, Blair Castle is only seven miles away from our hotel. Blair Castle has a huge amount to see and explore.
Inside Blair Castle by Pitlochry
State Dining Room
The State Dining Room was added in 1530 and housed the Great Hall on the first floor of the castle. This room was remodelled during the 1740s to a Georgian style, which has created an awe-inspiring space.
Blair Castle’s wonderful Victorian Ballroom was built by the 7th Duke of Allhot. The ballroom has a Bechstein grand piano and a spacious dance floor, which has seen some raucous evenings!
The Banvie Hall lies adjacent to the ballroom and can be accessed via a ‘secret door’. The hall benefits from a glass front, which fills the large room with light and offers views of the castle lawns and surrounding hills.
The Library wing of the castle was built by the 2nd Duke of Atholl and rebuilt in 1814, following fire damage. The library contains some intriguing reads, including classics such as Shakespeare. It should appeal to any inquisitive scholar or bookworm!
Outside Blair Castle
The Hercules Garden
A stunning nine acre garden filled with many delights, such as: a life-sized statue of Hercules, landscaped ponds, a Chinese bridge and a fruit orchard. A magical place that needs to be seen.
The grove offers you the chance to explore one of Scotland’s finest woodland areas. Diana’s Grove contains the Gran Fir tree, which is the UK’s second largest tree, standing a staggering 62.7 metres tall.
Pony trekking centre
Just north of the castle lies a pony trekking centre. If you don’t fancy this, then adjacent to the centre is a deer park filled with native red deer. The area also has peacocks roaming around, which should catch your eye!
Special tours, trails and trials
Hidden from view, lies a maze of rooms in the attic. Blair Castle offers tours all of their hidey-holes and you can find out the secrets of the Baron Maule’s room, which is filled with family paintings, weaponry and period costumes. The tour finishes with a climb to the rooftops and a chance to experience its breathtaking views.
Blair Castle has launched a new sculpture trail around their grounds, following the introduction of seven new stone carvings, including ‘Three Hares’ by Gillian Forbes. The trail presents and discusses the contemporary art that is proudly displayed around the castle gardens.
A spooky Halloween night-time tractor ride through the castle grounds, which is great for children and adults alike. The event includes a scary story told beside a crackling campfire, which is sure to give you goose bumps!
Blair Castle holds an annual Horse Trials and Country Fair, which is Scotland’s leading equestrian event. The trials are a thrilling spectacle of Olympic medallists competing with ambitious amateurs. The fair also includes a large selection of countryside pursuits.
Important things to see and do
- Found the secret door in the Banvie Hall?
- Seen the ‘Three Hares’ sculpture by Gillian Forbes in the garden?
- Looked through any Shakespeare in the library?
- Walked across the Chinese bridge in the Hercules Garden?
- Found a Gran Fir tree in Diana’s Grove?
- Looked at the weaponry in Baron Maule’s secret room in the attic?
- Seen the life-sized statue of Hercules?
- Seen a peacock in the deer park, north of the castle?
- Seen the panoramic views from the castle rooftops?
- Looked at the Bechstein grand piano in the Victorian Ballroom?